A report by Alannah Francis for the Voice Online.
A NEW UK-wide art competition from Cottons Caribbean restaurant will recognise the work of artists of Caribbean origin.
The restaurant has begun its search for UK-based Caribbean artists, whose work it will feature in its Notting Hill restaurant.
Cottons Notting Hill launched the call for submissions at an evening reception last week.
In the lead up to the entry deadline, a series of art exhibitions have been curated by Barbados-born artist Kellie Every.
Every’s work, which draws on the ocean and nature of her home of Barbados, is currently on display in Cottons Notting Hill.
Every told The Voice that her decision to get in touch with Cottons about collaborating was motivated by her desire to see Caribbean artists have a bigger platform.
“I want not only myself but UK-based Caribbean artists to have a bigger platform because I find a lot of artists aren’t putting themselves out there,” Every said.
She added: “A lot of people aren’t using their talent so I just wanted to inspire others.”
Every’s abstract paintings were displayed at the launch of the initiative and they will form the first exhibition in the series.
A photography exhibition of Alyssa Kirton’s work will follow Every’s. Kirton, also from Barbados, will be exhibiting her work from June 25 to July 29.
Another collection of photography by artists Laura and Seraphina Matthew from St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Dominica will be on display from July 30 to August 26.
The winner of the search will have their work displayed in the fourth and final exhibition in September.
Submissions should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to apply is July 31 2018. Artists must be Caribbean in origin.